Review: Kairos by Mary Calmes



Author: Mary Calmes
Pages: 131


Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for…

This is a short book about a couple of private investigators that are aslo roommates, but good friends above all. Joe is openly gay and Kade is bisexual, so this is not the classic story about coming out of the closest and accepting what you like or not. This is even the more classic story about two close friends that have deeper feelings, but they are too scared to speak up and face the truth. Buuuut this book totally made a fool of myself.

The first couple of chapters are totally a Romantics Suspense book. One that I was digging quite a lot. Kade’s discovering that his former mentor and hero was a mobster with several crimes in his ledger looked very promising. The fact that Vaughn (the mentor) had hired some muscle to get rid of the breathing proof of his crimes created some tension that kept the reader motivated. But it was all a smoke screen. That part ends so abruptly and in such a weak way that makes me wonder why the author put it there in the first place. It’s totally unnecessary. Some could tell me it was the way to introduce Declan in the plot… And I would answer: has Declan any shred of importance? Not at all. The book is exactly the same with or without him.

Instead of a mystery and action book, we get a book about a family that couldn’t accept that one of his member was gay and now that family is broken. I’m talking about Joe’s family. The same family that runs a very profitable winery that the PI abandoned when he came out of the closet and got the cold shoulder treatment. Usually, I would be Team Joe and defend him…. but the detective being a late awakening and only giving his family a week to assimilate the news… Man, give them a break!! They felt cheated!! Use your empathy, Joe!!

I thought his parents and brother would be a bunch of homophobic jackasses and that the author was going to present us with some soul wrenchng emotions until we get a hard won happy ending where everybody hugs everybody (and rainbows, unicorns and all that). But, nope. In just one chapter, one by one of Joe’s family members assures him rather quickly that they are cool with his sexual orientation. So, we do not have a mystery book and we also don’t have an interesting contemporary book about feelings.

Obviously, that’s not all. Being a Romance book we also have the love story for the main couple: Joe and Kade. According to Joe, Kade is unreachable. Above his wildest dreams. But, from the very beginning, Kade shows a lot of jelousy when Joe’s former boyfriend calls. So, the far-fetched love story that Joe describes doesn’t have the same feeling for the reader. When they finally kiss, there is not fireworks or anything similar. It even doesn’t feel special… as if they have been kissing the whole book.

Three attempts of story and three fails. Even though that is harsh, I must say I enjoyed the banter a lot. Joe’s and Kade’s exchanges are the best part of the book. Joe is such a good guy!! I’m not sure if Kade knows how lucky he is for being chosen by such a great human being. Do they love each other by the end of the book? We are sold that, but Kade looks more grateful than in love if you ask me.

Even though it’s a weak book, it’s easy to read and enjoyable. The aftertaste is sour, though. As if the book were totally hollow.

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